Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Video: Oldie But Goldie (Featuring A Young Sean Avery)

Found this video over at the HFBoards. It's a series that was produced in 2002 by TSN, very similar to the HBO series "24/7" that's currently following the Capitals and Penguins. This is just one part of the series and you'll notice that after the 2:00 mark of the video there's a lot of video containing the young Sean Avery. Doesn't look like Sean has changed much.


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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Will the Rangers Send Del Zotto To Minors?

Michael Del Zotto has sat out the last two Rangers games; one due to the flu and the other as a healthy scratch. He'll miss his third straight game on Wednesday night when the Rangers head to Newark to take on the Devils. The beat writers are reporting that Del Zotto is sitting out due to a groin injury.

Chances are that even if Del Zotto were healthy that he'd once again be watching from the press box. Matt Gilroy who stayed in the lineup in place of Del Zotto on Monday night likely secured himself another game with a two goal performance against the Islanders. Now the question is do the Rangers keep Del Zotto around or do they send him down to the minors? Either way his confidence has got to be hurting right now ... big time.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

MZA Back In NY To Play Islanders

According to Ranger Rants:
Mats Zuccarello will be recalled for tomorrow night’s game against the Islanders after playing for Connecticut (AHL) today. That would have happened regardless of Marian Gaborik’s health and coach John Tortorella said, after talking to trainer Jim Ramsey, all indications are that Gaborik will be good to go tomorrow night. 
Zuucarello had a solid start to his NHL career against the Lightning earlier this week. Hopefully the demotion to Hartford err Connecticut, to start the season was just what the doctor ordered.

Michael Del Zotto who has struggled most of this season is healthy again but he'll be a scratch on  Monday night. Tortorella has said that he's going to keep Matt Gilroy in the lineup because he liked what he saw from him against Tampa when Del Zotto was out with the flu.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Looks Like Derek Boogaard Is Going To Be Out For A While

According to Ranger Rants:
Boogaard has missed five games with what started as a strained right shoulder. However, coach John Tortorella said today Boogaard has been experiencing headaches so the Rangers have shut him down from exercising and will most likely (make that almost certainly) have him tested for a concussion. It goes without saying that until the headaches cease, he will not be allowed to practice/skate/workout.
Sounds like that punch by Matt Carkner was as devastating as it looked.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Link To Full Video of 24/7: Pens/Caps Episode 1

If you don't have HBO then you've probably been searching high and low for this.

Here's the full first episode streaming from NHL.com

Be warned that it is the censored version, so a lot of what most of us consider the good stuff, is cut out. But, it's better than nothing .... right?

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Prust Playing With Injured Shoulder

We've been hearing for a while now that Brandon Prust has been playing banged up. It sure hasn't stopped him from putting up points as of late :)

Anyways, a fan was chirping Paul Bissonnette on Twitter Friday because he didn't fight Prust. Bissonnette (aka Biz Nasty) responded:
actually prust has had a bad shoulder for a few weeks. It was discussed, so know ur facts before u start running ur mouth.


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Monday, December 13, 2010

Video: Dubinksy vs Ovechkin






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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Video: Carkner Makes Blood Flicking Gesture At Rangers Bench


It doesn't look like any blood was actually flicked, likely just a gesture. Still pretty classless and stupid. If James Wisniewski gets a two game suspension for this sexual gesture at the beginning of the season then surely Carkner is looking at a minor suspension as well.



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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Frolov Sure Knows How To Burn His Bridges!

If you've been watching the Rangers this season then you probably know that Alex Frolov has been a major disappointment so far this season. Everything about the way he has played has pretty much sucked. Whether it be that he skates like he has a 100lb bag of cement on his back, can't score a goal to save his life or that his offensive weapon of choice, the wraparound, is his only offensive move EVER!

Yet, somehow this fool thinks that he deserves more ice time. Beyond The Blueshirts has the translation from an article that was recently posted in the Russian media. Frolov told the reporter:
It’s absolutely unacceptable to me that that I spend 7-8 minutes a game on the ice, especially on an energy line. It’s just not my game, which I told the coach candidly.
Alex, have you ever thought that it would be somehow acceptable for a coach to give a player that has been the worst player on the team more than seven minutes of ice time per game? At this point in the season your lucky that Todd White is the healthy scratch of choice on a nightly basis. Hopefully Frolov can snap out of this rut, but to be honest, it hasn't looked like a rut at all. It just looks like the Frolov signing was a mjor mistake. Thankfully, only a one year mistake.

Someone ought to tell Frolov what happened the last two times that ice time was discussed in the media. If you don't remember, you should go here and here.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Video: Did You Think It Was Possible To Hate Patrick Kaleta Any More Than You Already Do? Well, It Is!

 

Gotta give Kaleta props for fighting. It's something that the spot picker doesn't do often. He really gave Dorsett quite the beat down. A little gloating after a win like that would be fine. But, what is this, the WWE? Hope the Blue Jackets don't forget that showboating the next time the two teams play. But, something tells me, that if someone does step to Kaleta, he'll revert back to being the spot picker that he is.

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Callahan To Be Disciplined For Elbow?

 

It was obviously a penalty but I'm not sure whether it deserves any further discipline. Callahan's elbow obviously made contact with Nielsen's head. But, does it qualify as a blind side hit? What does everyone else think?

Although Callahan may get a call from the NHL, I don't think he'll miss any action. Hopefully he's on the ice against the Senators on Sunday evening.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Video: Crosby Slew-Foot That Was Called An Interference Against Callahan!

Just awful, once again.



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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Video: John Scott vs Kevin Westgarth = Blood Bath



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Friday, November 26, 2010

Old Man Chelios Not Done Yet!

Update: Thanks to the anonymous commenter who sent us over a link that completely contradicts this report from TSN and has quotes from Chelios himself.
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Just when you thought it was safe to assume that Chris Chelios had played his last hockey game,  it looks like he's not ready to hang them up yet.

TSN is reporting that:
The three-time Norris trophy winner confirmed to TSN on Friday that he was in negotiations with KHL club Vityaz after Russian-based website SovSports reported Thursday that Chelios' agent, Tom Reich, had contacted Vityaz general manager and former NHL player Alex Zhamnov to let him know that his services were available.

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Video: Philly vs Calgary, Avery Causes Goal To Be Waved Off ... And He Wasn't Even Playing!

Need yet another reason to vote for Sean Avery for the NHL All-Star game? Who the hell else causes goals to be disallowed when he's not even in the game? The Flyers goal in OT, which would've ended the game and gotten the Flyers two points was disallowed because the ref determined that Chris Pronger had violated the Sean Avery rule. Pretty ridiculous if you ask me, but hey, it denies Philly two points :)

I really think that the call was awful. First of all, Pronger looks like he's just calling for the puck by waving his arm. Second, the ref makes no attempt to blow his whistle, make any motion with his arms for a good five seconds after Pronger waves his arms. He waited until the puck was in the back of the net. I'd be pretty damn pissed if that was a call against the Rangers.

 

Thanks to Bleeding All Blue for sending over the link of the video

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The Fall Of Petr Prucha - Clears Waivers

Hopefully this isn't the end of the road for "Prrrrrrrrrrrrrruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!"

Bob McKenzie reported yesterday that the Coyotes had place Prucha on waivers. I missed this news yesterday so I was a little surprised today when I saw that Prucha had cleared waivers. He's been assigned by the Phoenix AHL affiliate team in San Antonio.

I was a HUGE Prucha fan when he was in New York. Hopefully this isn't the last of him in the NHL.
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

National Post Subtitle Gaff ... Pretty Funny!

Seriously, what Canadian doesn't know who Mark Messier is?

The original link is here, but I took a screen shot in case they decide to change it.

H/T to Tim who sent this over to Puck Daddy on Twitter

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Rangers & Ducks Make Minor Trade

According to the Ducks Twitter account:
Ducks acquire defenseman Nigel Williams from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Stu Bickel.
I didn't know much about Williams other than that he was a defenseman in the Rangers system who had fallen down their depth chart. Apparently Williams had openly demanded a trade and had made it known over the summer that he didn't want to play in Hartford.

According to ByndBlueShirts:
Nigel Williams, you'll recall, is the guy who was quoted by Bruce Berlet as saying "No %&$ing way I'm coming back here" last spring.
If that's the case, see ya! 

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Keep Those Votes For Avery Coming


Last week we got behind the "Vote for Avery" All-Star game campaign that started in the Rangers blogosphere. 

The NHL today released the early numbers for All-Star voting. For those of you who voted for Avery, you'll be happy to know that as of Tuesday, Sean Avery is currently 27th amongst forwards in votes received.
Crosby leads all vote getters in the NHL All-Star Fan Balloting Presented by XM with 118,755 votes. Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith is second with 82,968. Nicklas Lidstrom (80,723), Alex Ovechkin (80,169) and Jonathan Toews (79,953) round out the top vote getters with more than 3.62 million votes already cast.

Montreal's Carey Price leads in the goalie category with 71,199 write-in votes. Flyers rookie Sergei Bobrovsky is second behind Price among netminders with 58,101 write-in votes.
Avery has received  17,494 votes; which is only one spot behind Rangers teammate Marian Gaborik who has 19,454 votes so far. Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi have each also received substantial votes via the write-in method.

Meanwhile, Henrik Lundqvist (24,245) is 11th amongst goalies and Marc Staal (28,570) is 13th amongst defensemen.

I've stated before my desire to see the Rangers' star players such as Lundqvist and Gaborik left out of the All-Star game. Those are guys the Rangers will be relying on heavily for the stretch to end the season and getting them a little rest instead of a meaningless game of non-contact pond hockey is much more important in my opinion.

But, we need some Rangers representation there, so it might as well be NHL nemesis Sean Avery. Get out the vote!

To vote for your favorite NHL pest go to NHL.com or text "Sean Avery" to 81812.

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Video: Marc Staal Absolutely Destroys Stajan (Clean Hit!)


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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Video: Tim Kennedy Might Think Twice About Boarding Someone Again


[H/T to Ms.Conduct for the video]

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Friday, November 19, 2010

NYR Viewing Parties In Manhattan & Hackensack Coming Up!

Want a chance to meet some of those crazy commenters from the Puck Daddy blog? Or meet some of the the famous bloggers from Yahoo's Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski or Sean Leahy?
As we did last season in Washington D.C., and over the summer in Toronto, we're happy to announce our first New York City viewing party for the New York Islanders-New York Rangers tilt on Friday, Dec. 3. The fine people at The Irish Times (right across the street from Madison Square Garden at 254 West 31st Street) will be hosting us for the evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. EST.


If you don't care about the Islanders or Rangers, that's cool: come out anyway for a Friday night in New York City. In-between periods, we'll be raffling off some prizes (TBD) that you can keep or attempt to trade in at the bar for more drinks. If you're attending the game that night at MSG, please do come by for a post-game pop or three.
If you don't wanna have to put up with any of those stinkin' Islander fans (maybe I should've made that singular) then you can always go to the Blueshirt Banter viewing party that is taking place on Black Friday in Hackensack, NJ! Former Rangers Ron Greschner, Nick Fotiu and Chris "Kotsy" Kotsopoulos will be on hand and will be signing autographs.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Guest Blog: NHL GM Meetings/Possible Rule Changes

by Bobby Steele

Okay, I know this is old news, but one idea may be going into the works after the next owner's meeting. First of all, what do you guys think of the new automatic game-misconduct rule and possible suspension to any player who gives blind-sided head hits that would attempt to injure the player? I for one think it's an awesome new rule. I mean look at retired NHL player Eric Lindros who suffered eight concussions in his career. That is dangerous my friends. His brother who also played in the NHL suffered one concussion and had to retire because of it. Hockey is a dangerous and contact sport. Safety is a #1 thing in life and in sports.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Flames & Carolina Make A Trade

According to Mark Spector of Sportsnet:
Flames trade Ian White and Brett Sutter to Carolina, get back D Anton Babchuk and fwd Tom Kostopoulos
Sutter is in the news twice in the same week. This time it's for hockey reasons. Last time....not so much.

In case you're like me, you need some help when it comes to the family tree of the Sutter's. According to Dan Rosen of NHL.com, "Brett Sutter is leaving his father and his uncle in Calgary to join up with his cousin [Brandon Sutter] in Carolina."

Ian White and Anton Babchuk are the key components of the deal. Babchuk returned to Carolina as a free agent this summer after spending last year in the KHL. White came to Calgary from Toronto as part of the Dion Phaneuf  trade last season.


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The "Vote For Avery" Campaign


Sick of watching non-contact pond hockey when the best most popular players in the NHL take the ice for the annual NHL All-Star game? Vote for Sean Avery, sure to guarantee that at least one body check is thrown in this annual snooze-fest.

We've already established that the person (or people) who put together the list of players to be on the All-Star ballot is an idiot. Vote for Sean Avery, show the NHL brass that you are the ultimate voice.

Check out what you have to do over at The NYR Blog

You can also vote via text message by sending the text Sean Avery to 81812. [H/T to Puck Central reader Steve R. for sending over that info]


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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Belak Says He Wouldn't Piss On Avery If He Was On Fire

Wade Belak, resident tough guy for the Nashville Predators was on a Toronto radio station this morning. Belak was asked what he would do if he was a firefighter and Sean Avery's house was on fired?

Bleak responded:
I wouldn't piss on him if he was on fire. I'm surprised they haven't burned his house down.
Thanks to PuckCentral reader Greg for the link

Update:
Avery is still continuing to get media attention because of that brawl last weekend against the Oilers. The Vancouver in an interview with Paul Bissonnette, who we all know as "BizNasty", asked him about Avery. Surprisingly, Bissonnette went a different route than Belak:
I respect what Sean Avery does. He thinks outside the box. That guy has two unreal restaurants in New York City, a clothing line. I appreciate what he’s done. The guy lives life
Link via SeanAvery.net (fan site)

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Adam Graves Is A Class Act

If you know anything about Adam Graves then the title isn't going to educate you in any way. Kevin over at The NYR Blog has a great story sent over from a reader about Adam Graves. I recommend that all hockey fans, have a read.

As one person (a Flyers fan!) wrote in after I posted this link on Twitter:
There are not enough people in this world, let alone the sport, like Adam Graves.
I couldn't have said it any better myself.

Adam Graves didn't do this to get public attention or to be told he's a good guy. Graves did this because this is what Graves is all about. He's a gentleman and a kind human being.

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Lundqvist Calls Out The Refs & For Good Reason!

I'm usually not one of those guys that likes to bash the referees. 99% of the time, even if I don't agree with the ref's decision I keep my mouth shut. But this year more than ever before I've felt like the refereeing in this league has been atrocious. I don't watch many games other than my Rangers because of time constraints, but this can't just be happening in Rangers games. I'm not like some that feel there is this conspiracy against the New York Rangers, I just think that the refs suck.

Whether it be the three games in a row last week that the Rangers had legitimate goals disallowed, to the game in Pittsburgh last night that was probably the worst display of refereeing that I've ever seen in my life. I've seen games before where one team got a bunch of power plays and the other team none and I was fine with that because it was deserved. Last night, the refs (Kyle Rehman and Dan O'Halloran) made some of the softest calls in a close game and then seemed to turn their back on anything the Penguins did. It's tough enough to go into another team's building in this league to get two points, but now you have to beat the refs too?

Throughout the third period last night you could read my ranting (along with many other Rangers fans) on Twitter. It was obvious that John Tortorella was thinking pretty much the same thing last night because he warned the media during the post-game interviews, "Don't ask me about the refs!" Obviously because he was going to say something that would likely result in a fine by the NHL. The only people who should be fined after last night's game are the refs. And by fined I mean, fired. 

It was a disgrace.

Henrik Lundqvist, who was still very emotional after the game told Larry Brooks
I'd like to see the penalty record the last five years in Pittsburgh.

We're shorthanded so many times in Pittsburgh and it's definitely not our fault.

It was a huge win for the Rangers, which Jordan talked about in his post last night. The Rangers ran with the "us against the world" mentality and came away with the two points. It was even sweeter because of how awful the refereeing really was.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Crosby and Malkin No Match for Dubi and Cally


The Rangers got lucky tonight in their overtime win against the Penguins. Don't get me wrong they did play with heart and determination, and when they needed to step up (mainly on the penalty kill), they performed extremely well. But.........Lundqvist played very well. He stood on his head yet again, giving the Rangers the chance to get 2 points. It was nice that the Ranger forwards were able to get 3 very timely goals, which shows their confidence in one another. The win was awesome, but there are some other issues that I'd like to discuss:

ESPN has been silently pushing hard for the broadcast rights to the NHL. Since HBO chose the NHL for their popular "24/7" program, the league has been gaining a lot of attention around the country. I personally don't find the Versus coverage all that exciting or well done, so I am all for a switch back to the ESPN network. They have the best sports coverage in the world and as long as they bring some better guys in for hockey commentary (Mathew Barnaby and Barry Melrose would not suffice for expanded coverage), I will be a happy hockey fan.

Erik Christensen, in my mind, can go back to being a scrub on any of the other teams he previously played for. Problem with that is that none of those teams would want him, and I don't blame them. First, he tells the media that Sean Avery DID in fact throw a sucker punch against the Oilers on Sunday, than he tells John Giannone on MSG that he and Pittsburgh Penguins' goalie, Marc Andre-Fleury, are "great friends". Listen, you don't go and talk badly about a teammate, and than during a TV interview say that you're great friends with the opposing goalie DURING the game! Oh, and the guy disappears more often during games than Patrick Swayze did in 'Ghost'..

Michael Del Zotto needs to bulk up, learn how to play angles, and practice his passing. Yes, pass. He gives away the puck like it was a hot piece of coal. Watching the Ranger/Pittsburgh game as I type this, Del Zotto has been manhandled and has been afraid to go into the corner for the puck at least 19 times during the game. WOW-Amazingly, Del Zotto just gave up the puck and it lead to a Matt Cooke goal (Lundy softie), but nevertheless, Del Zotto's giveaway. Need I say more.

Oh yeah...the refereeing tonight was atrocious. Could have been the worst I've seen in years. 6 power plays for the Penguins - 0 for the Rangers. They also missed plenty of calls that would have given the Rangers at least 3 power plays of their own. Shame on you Gary Bettman and league office for allowing these guys to be refs. Way to go Rangers for overcoming their bullsh*t and getting the hard fought 'W'.


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Video: Callahan vs Hilary Duff ... Err I Mean Comrie


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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Video: Now That's Some Old Time Hockey @ The Garden!


Theo Peckham's take on Avery's actions on Smid which eventually led to a line brawl

Boogaard also fought Steve MacIntyre twice in the game. The first fight was a win for Boogaard and the second fight was pretty much a draw.



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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Video: Why Putting A Fat Goalie In Net Won't Work




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Friday, November 12, 2010

2010-11 NHL All-Star Ballot Revealed - Who Selected These Players?

The NHL today announced who will be on the 2010-11 All-Star ballot. The New York Rangers have three players on the ballot: Marc Staal, Henrik Lundqvist and Marian Gaborik. The Chicago BlackHawks have the most players on the ballot with six players. Voting starts on Monday.

As a Rangers fan, I hope that no Ranger is sent to Carolina to take place in the All-Star game. The Rangers best players could use the rest for the final push towards the playoffs.

Dave from Blue Seat Blogs is wondering what the folks who decide the All-Star ballot were thinking? When you think about it, he has a good point. For the Rangers, Marc Staal is considered to be the future of the blue line, but he's had a fairly sub-par start to the season. Meanwhile, Brandon Dubinsky with ten goals so far, is amongst the league leaders.

However, the biggest joke of all is that Marc-Andre Fluery is on the ballot. Now, if you haven't watched a single game THIS season that might not sound strange at all. But, this is the 2010-11 All-Star game and so far this season, "The Flower" has been abysmal.  In fact, when you google, "crappy NHL goalie", I'm pretty sure that right now Fleury is going to be the first player to pop up in a search. He has one win this season, yes .... one friggin win! That's good for 43rd amongst NHL goalies (yeah, we know, there are only 30 teams). He's all but lost his starting job to Brent Johnson and currently has the 44th best save percentage and 38th best goals against average in the entire league. Yeah - someone at NHL headquarters has been on vacation for the past two months.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Rangers Trade Dane Byers To Blue Jackets

From Ranger Rants:
In a swap of AHL players, the Rangers have acquired center Chad Kolarik, 24, from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for gritty left wing Dane Byers, also 24.
A little information about Kolarik from the NYR press release:
The 5-11, 195-pounder has skated in 165 career AHL contests with the Springfield Falcons, Syracuse Crunch and San Antonio Rampage, registering 50 goals and 60 assists for 110 points, along with 120 penalty minutes. He split the 2009-10 season between San Antonio and Syracuse, recording a career-high, 26 goals and tying his career-high in scoring with 50 points in 76 games.

He also appeared in two games with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season, making his NHL debut on April 5, 2010 at St. Louis
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Guest Blog: Rangers’ Playoff Odds

There are enough team-specific puff pieces out there to cushion the fall of even the most devastating check. There are also enough wholly biased apologists out there talking in circles so loudly that they may reverse the Earth’s rotation.

Don’t worry; this isn’t that. In this article, we’ll breathe a sigh of realism into the fanatical world of hockey. Instead of looking at the game through a fan’s angle, we’ll approach a team and its respective chances to get to the Stanley Cup Playoffs through pure logic and reason.

The team: The New York Rangers

Currently in the NHL, we’re looking at an average of 15 out of 82 games played. Needless to say, the season is just getting underway. Even if odds could be very practical at this juncture, taking them and placing a bet would not be. It would be more akin to playing online slots games – spinning the reels and hoping to hit with blind luck.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Video: Kovalchuk Shootout Fail


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Video: Mike Richter Talks About '94 Cup Run



Thanks to Brian from the brand new Game7.Tv for sending over the video

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Rozsival To Miss Time With Shoulder Sprain

Looks like Rangers fans are about to find out how important Michal Rozsival actually is to this team.

According to Steve Zipay
Rozsival out seven to 10 days with shoulder sprain
Wonder if this will result in any call ups or if Torts will just roll with the six defensemen that are currently on their roster. That would mean inserting Gilroy into the lineup at the same time as Eminger and Sauer, that hasn't happened yet this season.

Update:
According to Rangers official Twitter
Torts says Staal & Girardi will pair on top D pair, Eminger will move up to play with Del Zotto, and Gilroy back in alongside Sauer


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Gaborik Ready To Return To NYR Lineup

According to Andrew Gross:
Gaborik says he's good to go tomorrow vs. Sabres.
It'll be interesting to see how the lines look with Gaborik returning to the lineup after missing 12 games with a shoulder injury. Will Tortorella choose to scratch Todd White or will he opt to keep Derek Boogaard (who has a 1 game goal streak!) out of the lineup?


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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Video: The Boogey Man Breaks Goal Streak


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Rangers vs Capitals: Pre-Game Notes

  • Those DVRing the game, make note of the time & channel. Tonight's game starts at 7:30 PM ET and will be on Versus

  • Marian Gaborik will not play tonight for the Rangers, he says that he'll decide after practice on Wednesday whether he will play on Thursday or Sunday.

  • Despite a strong outting by Marty Biron against the Blues on Sunday in a 2-0 loss (one goal was fired into the empty net), Henrik Lundqvist will be back in goal for the Rangers. Across the way Michal Neuvirth will be stopping pucks (hopefully not all of them) for the Capitals.

  • Todd White will return to the Rangers lineup as a result of Evgeny Grachev being returned to Hartford yesterday.

  • Derek Boogaard who missed practice yesterday with illness will be in the lineup tonight for the Rangers. The Capitals look prepared to dress their enforcer D.J. King, so that could be a little sideshow for us fight enthusiasts. They have fought before (all wins for Boogaard according to this fight card), in Boogaard's last game as member of the Minnesota Wild they had a dandy and King has a history of initiating the fights against The Boogey Man.

  • Read more about the Caps over at Japers' Rink, CSN Washington and The Washington Examiner.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Lundqvist & Avery Opening Restaurant Together In NYC

Henrik Lundqvist says that he and Sean Avery are opening a restaurant in Manhattan called "Tiny’s," it will be located at 135 West Broadway, between Thomas and Duane streets.


Lundqvist told the NY Post:
“It’s a restaurant that Sean Avery and I are working on in TriBeCa with some other partners. [It’s not open yet,] but it will be one my favorites. I’m looking forward to going there after games. The menu is going to be high-end home cooking and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Photo courtesy of The Tribeca Citizen (Tiny's will be the pink 3-story building in the middle)


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Grachev Back To Hartford

According to the AHL transaction page Evgeny Grachev has been returned to the the Hartford Wolf Pack.

I had talked a little about this last night during the Rangers game, does this mean that the Rangers will just put Todd White into the lineup or will the Rangers make another recall from Hartford?

Honestly when Grachev was recalled from Hartford I was a little surprised because during pre-season he had done pretty much nothing. I think that the Rangers wanted to give him another shot because he's a big body, who has offensive skill and is considered a prospect for the future. Unfortunately, it's hard for the Rangers to even assess Grachev based on the six games he played since being recalled because he spent the majority of the time stuck on the fourth line. The writing was on the wall last night in my opinion when Grachev wasn't used on the Rangers five minute major power play in the third period against the Blues.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Through Two Periods Zuccarello With 3 goals, 1 assist

After two periods tonight in the AHL the Hartford Wolf Pack are beating the Islanders farm team, Bridgeport, 5-0. Through forty minutes of play Mats Zuccarello Aasen has three goals and an assist.

Just last week it was rumored that MZA was upset and was about to head back to Sweden. Just a week later expect there to be calls for Zuccarello to be called up to the Rangers from many Rangers fans.

Prior to the Rangers game this evening, John Tortorella issued a challenge for Evgeni Grachev to step up his game.
“Whitey probably should be in the lineup tonight” 
“I’m still looking to develop youth in our team and our kids and that’s going to outweigh some of that. But I also need to see Grachev answer a little here because I’m not going to keep Whitey out much longer. He’s added to us.”
If Grachev doesn't do something in the third period of the Rangers/Blues game tonight it's possible that Grachev may be sent back down to Hartford. If that happens, do the Rangers make another call up to replace him? Or, do the Rangers just slide White back into the lineup in his place?

It's only one game, but many Rangers fans will be calling for MZA to get a shot in New York sometime soon.

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Blues Visit the Blueshirts

As you can see below, Marty Biron will get the start for the Blueshirts (7-5-1) tonight when they host the red hot St. Louis Blue (8-1-1) at the Garden. Callahan is back, David Perron is out, and Lundqvist is on the bench. I understand that Tortorella wants to stick to his game plan of starting Biron throughout the season, but this particular start baffles me.

Starting your backup goalie against arguably the hottest team in the league, at home where you need a big confidence-boosting win, and the beginning of a very important 4 game homestretch, is almost in the realm of absurdity. Not only has Henrik won the last 5 of 7 games he has played and posted an impressive shutout against New Jersey on Friday, but his confidence was rising with each start. Taking him out now in favor of the LESS TALENTED Biron to play at home against the VERY TALENTED Blues, is boggling.

The last time we saw Biron in net, he got lit up against the Atlanta Thrashers at home. If there's any game to put him in for this week, it should be on Thursday against the lowly Buffalo Sabres. The Rangers play the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, and Henrik will certainly get the start. So some rest is surely in order, and tonight seems to be it.

You never know what can happen. Let's hope that Biron posts a shutout, the Rangers block another 30 shots , and Brandon Dubinsky is the league leader in goals by the end of the night........and here's to hoping John Tortorella is as smart as he wants everyone to believe he is.

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Rangers vs Blues Pre-Game Notes

According to various reports from Jim Cerny, Andrew Gross and Jesse Spector here's the latest information for tonight's Rangers vs Blues game.
  • Martin Biron will get the start between the pipes for the Rangers with Henrik Lundqvist serving as backup.

  • Matt Gilroy will once again be a healthy scratch, meaning that the defensive unit of Staal, Girardi, Rozsival, Del Zotto, Eminger and Sauer stays the same.

  • Ryan Callahan will return to the lineup after a one game absence due to a a neck injury sustained against the Flyers on Thursday night. As a result, Todd White (who cleared waivers) will be a healthy scratch for the seventh time in the first fourteen games of the season.

  • The forward lines at the morning skate were:
    Dubinsky-Anisimov-Callahan
    Frolov-Christensen-Fedotenko
    Avery-Boyle-Prust
    Boogaard-Stepan-Grachev

  • It looks like the Blues will be without David Perron, who was on the receiving end of a hit to the head earlier this week that resulted in a two game suspension for Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks.

  • The Blues are on the back end of two games in two nights after beating the Bruins last night in a shootout. No official word yet, but it looks like backup Ty Conklin will get the start for the Blues tonight at The Garden.
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Friday, November 5, 2010

White Placed On Waivers, Callahan & Brodeur Out Tonight & Other Game Notes

According to Bob McKenzie the Rangers have placed Todd White on waivers.

White is still expected to dress for the Rangers tonight against the Devils because they will be without the services of Ryan Callahan. Callahan has soreness in the neck after the injury he sustained in last night's game when he was shoved into the boards by Timmonen. Hopefully it's just a whiplash type injury where the area is just sore for a day or two after the injury. The Rangers are still without Drury, Prospal and Gaborik because of their injuries which have been well documented.

The Devils on the other hand have injuries of their own heading into tonight's game. Having already lost Zach Parise for the next three months with a knee injury, they will also be without Martin Brodeur tonight. Brodeur injured his arm in the Devils' last game. It was expected that Brodeur would play tonight, but at this morning's skate Brodeur had too much pain in his arm still and will sit out of action for at least another night.

Don't get too excited Rangers fans, according to Tom Gulitti "Hedberg is 11-4-2 for career vs. NYR with 2.12 GAA and 1 SO. Last season with Atlanta, he went 3-1-0 against the Blueshirts with a 2.41 GAA." 


Anton Volchenkov will return to the blue line for the Devils after being on injured reserve. Matt Corrente will not play for the Devils as he's been placed on injured reserve. You might remember Corrente from the big hit he threw on Dubinsky the last time the teams met.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Video: Boogaard vs Shelley



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Video: Avery, Carcillo and Boogaard During Warmups

 

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For A Change Rangers Are Young & Are Playing Homegrown Talent

ESPN has a good article with Glen Sather talking about the start to the Rangers season and the influx of youth into their lineup.

The part that had me smiling was this:
These Rangers are being led by the likes of Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Marc Staal, Daniel Girardi, Michael Del Zotto, Matt Gilroy, Mike Sauer and, of course, Henrik Lundqvist. Homegrown Rangers, all of them.
It really is a change for the Rangers to have nine players in the lineup on a regular basis that they brought up through the organization. Glen Sather gets a lot of crap (I'm amongst those that bash him regularly), but I've always said keep Sather away from making free agent signings and he's pretty decent at what he does. Of course it helps to have Gordie Clark who is doing a great job with the Rangers scouting.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Video: Colton Orr vs DJ King


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NHL.com Ranks Hank #1 Fantasy Goalie

NHL.com ranks the Top 25 Fantasy goalies to start the season and Henrik Lundqvist is #1 on the list.
The King started the season as our third-ranked goalie, but the fact that none of the elite netminders have gotten off to great starts, gives Lundqvist the edge. Oh, and he's won four of his last five starts while allowing just five total goals in those four victories. He's pretty good to say the least.
Lundqvist has gotten better as the season has progressed. Strangely even though the Rangers defense have been blocking a ton of shots, Lundqvist has still been very busy. Hank almost always seems to be there for the big saves when needed.


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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Video: Tortorella After Win vs Hawks


Grabbed the video from MSG.com

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Gaborik Skating, But Return Still Weeks Away

According to Darren Dreger:
Gaborik skated on his own this morning. First time since injury. Good sign, but he's still a couple of weeks away.
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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Is MZA Heading Back To Sweden?

Update (Monday 8:15 AM ET):  

Puck Central reader Henrik has sent over a new link with more on the story from the Swedish website that was involved in starting the rumor yesterday. Henrik translated a quote from MZA:
I’m not ready to give up. I’ll work my butt off, this is a chance that I’ll maybe never get again.
Thanks to Henrik for the article and translated quote.

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Update: According to Jesse Spector of the Daily News "Confirmed there is no truth to the Swedish newspaper report that Mats Zuccarello is leaving NYR and the Hartford Wolf Pack."
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There are rumors circulating around Mats Zuccarello Aasen this morning after a recent article that appeared on a Norweigan website

I found this story via the HFBoards where there is some discussion on the issue including some posters who are translating pieces of the article. If the translations are accurate then it doesn't sound like MZA is too happy right now. However, as we know from past rumors, translating articles and quotes aren't always accurate and sometimes even changing the meaning of one word can cause a sentence to take a completly different meaning.

The one thing I did find strange, which I wasn't aware of is that MZA is playing on the Hartford fourth line? I thought I had read that he was on one of their top two lines. Putting him on the fourth line isn't exactly the best way to hone his craft to play in the NHL in my opinion.
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Video: Prust v Komisarek


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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Grachev Recalled, May Play Friday + Other News

Update: 11:02 AM ET:

According to Jesse Spector of the Daily News, "Grachev has been told he will play for NYR tonight."
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It looks like Michal Rozsival and Artem Anisimov who both left last night's game against the Thrashers with injuries are ok and will be in the lineup on Friday night against the Hurricanes. Funny how Rangers fans went from booing Rozsival to actually being worried that he might be out of the lineup for an extended amount of time. It would have been terrible news for the Rangers if Anisimov was injured for any length of time because he has really clicked on a line alongside Dubinsky and Callahan.

According to Andrew Gross, Derek Boogaard will be a game time decision tomorrow night when Carolina comes to the Garden. Apparently Boogaard got a cut on his hand in a fight with Shawn Thornton last weekend and now the cut is infected. I said earlier this season that there will be games where Boogaard can sit because the other team doesn't have a fighter. Carolina is one of those teams.

The Rangers today recalled forward Evgeny Gracehv from Hartford. I'm assuming that Grachev will be Boogaard's replacement if he can't play because of the hand injury. It's possible that Gracehv could also play in place of either Todd White or Erik Christensen. If you've been reading what I've had to say this season so far you'd know that I'm not a fan of Erik Christensen, thankfully it appears that he's falling out of favor with John Torotrella as well. Like I've said before, Christensen may not only be one of the softest players in the league, he's also possibly the most inconsistent.

Tortorella today told Ranger Rants:
“It’s about trying to make a difference," “We continue to bring it to his attention. But, sooner or later, the player’s got to grab a hold of it.”
It's about time Tortorella made Christensen accountable for being absolutely useless in pretty much every game to date this season that he's played in.


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Video: Stick Checking Just Won't Do!

Don't get me wrong, these were two sweet goals. But, on both goals the Rangers were guilty of stick checking. Actually, on the first goal, I'm not sure what the pylon, errr Staal was doing. On the Kane goal Anisimov just stuck his stick out, Evander Kane made a nice move and fired away. Play the man, not the puck!



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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Preview: Rangers vs Thrashers

Update 5:10 PM ET - According to Steve Zipay:

Biron starts for NYR. Gilroy, Eminger on D, no Sauer
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  • The game will be on MSH+ because the Knicks season opener is tonight. You know what that means, a lot of nights where the Knicks have priority over the Rangers. I don't mind as long as the Rangers are on MSG+ and the game is in HD. I hate when the game is broadcast on a non-HD station just because the Knicks are playing.
  • Heading into tonight's game the Rangers have won three straight, while the Thrashers have lost three straight. 
  • John Tortorella hasn't named his starting goaltender for tonight's game but it's expected to be Henrik Lundqvist. Andrew Gross speculates that Biron may get his second start of the season on Saturday against the Maple Leafs.
  • Like the Rangers, the Thrashers are currently battling a few major injuries to their star players. According to The Blueland Blog, "both Freddy Meyer and Zach Bogosian are on the shelf."

  • Thrashers starting goaltender Ondrej Pavelec who made news earlier this season when he mysteriously fainted during a game is currently in the AHL on a conditioning assignment, so backup goaltender Chris Mason will get the start tonight.

  • Power Play: Rangers 22nd in NHL (12.5%), Thrashers 8th in NHL (20.5%)
    Penalty Kill: Rangers 24th in NHL (79.4%), Thrashers 26th in NHL (75.7%)

  • Andrew Ladd leads the Thrashers with 8 points (3 goals) in the first eight games of the season. Brandon Dubinsky leads the Rangers with 7 points (4 goals) through the first seven games.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Callahan Calls Out Fans, Defends Rozsival

During the pre-season I predicted that the boo birds were going to get on Rozsival this season:
For as far back as I can remember there's been at least one Rangers defenseman that the Rangers fans jump all over. There was Tom Poti, then Marek Malik and most recently Wade Redden. Book it, this season Michal Rozsival is going to be hearing from the Garden boo birds A LOT. Rozsival is actually a semi-decent defenseman, another guy who is significantly overpaid but he's not as terrible as some fans would have you believe. Hopefully he has a strong start to the season because once those boo birds start, they are relentless!
After Sunday night's win over the Devils, Ryan Callahan told Andrew Gross that hearing the fans boo Rozsival “gets under my skin.”
“Look at how many minutes he logs per night and what he does for us,” Callahan said. “It’s disappointing to hear the boos coming from the stands. It’s unfortunate he gets that. I don’t think it’s right. I don’t think he should.”
Just another example of Callahan showing his leadership. Callahan is a fan favorite and when he stands up for a teammate like that there's always the chance of his popularity with the fans being affected somehow. I give Callahan a lot of credit for saying what he believes and standing up for Rozsival. There are times when Rozsival really gets under my skin but there are plenty of players that have worn the blue that have gotten under my skin and haven't heard the wrath of the boo birds. Rozsival may not be worth his contract, but he's not a terrible defenseman. Hopefully he continues to shoot the puck like he did against the Devils the other night. Sadly, Rozsival probably had his best game of the season and he still had to hear the fans booing. So much for giving a guy credit when it's due.

For those wondering how many minutes a game Rozsvial is playing, he's currently 14th in the league averaging over 25 minutes per game through the first seven games of the season. He's averaging almost a full two minutes per game more than Marc Staal, who many Rangers fans consider to be the team's number one defenseman. Not to mention, he's currently tied for second on the team in scoring (with Callahan) with six points, only Brandon Dubinsky (7) has more points.

I think it's time the boo birds take Callahan's advice and shut their mouths for at least a few games. Rozsival's play to start the season has at least earned him that much.


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Monday, October 25, 2010

Williams Returned To Hartford & White's NYR Almost Over?

Jeremy Williams was sent back down to Hartford today. Williams played a limited fourth line role in last night's win at the Garden over the Devils.

It's never a good thing when the coach doesn't know how to use you. That's the case for veteran Todd White according to Larry Brooks. After last night's win, Tortorella told the media:
"I don't know what he is as a player. It really isn't fair to him. I don't think he has a ton of confidence in his play and I have a lot to do with that as far as the spots I've put him in and how I've spotted him in certain areas.

"I'm concerned about his speed and I've talked to him about that. But I don't think I've given him a fair shake."
In my opinion it's about time White was sent down to Hartford. I don't know what the Rangers are doing by keeping a 35 year old with a cap hit of $2.375M who plays less than six minutes every other game on the roster. It would be one thing if White were a power play or shootout specialist but Tortorella admitted that he doesn't know what to do with White. Granted, White's ice time has been limited, but he hasn't shown me much so far.


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Friday, October 22, 2010

Hank or Marty?

Marty Biron played pretty damn well last night--yes, the Rangers blocked 30 shots, but he did have some very quick leg and glove saves on certified goal scorers. The problem, (which is a good problem) for the Rangers brass, is do they start Biron to keep him rolling or do they throw Hank into the net and go with the Rangers franchise player? Decisions, decisions....

Surprisingly, I think that the Rangers should start Biron tomorrow night in Boston and I will tell you why. Here's a few reasons:

1) After watching him play, he is definitely capable of going into an opponents stadium and walking away with the 'W'.

2) The Ranger players have the mentality that since good ole' Hank isn't keeping the net safe, they have to play hungrier to make up for the "backup" goalie, a screwed up mentality, but a flaw that they proved true last night nonetheless.

3) Giving Biron another game under his belt will boost his confidence, especially if he plays well. This can only help the Rangers in the long run with an emotional guy like Biron.

4) Giving Hank another two days off can only benefit him as well, as he always shows up against the Devils and is usually very sharp when he has some ZzZZzzZz's.

5) Hank should absolutely start in net at MSG on Sunday night, meaning Hank will have 5 games and Biron 2; a high ratio (10:4), but as long as they're both playing well, it's worth the risk this early in the season.

6) Having two goalies playing well in the first 7 games of the season would be a great start for them, as increased confidence is a particularly important booster for goalies.

7) You can argue that it was the Leafs who lost the game and not the Rangers who won it last night, but you cannot argue that the Rangers were tighter on D and sacrificed their bodies to keep the puck away from the net more so than the first 4 games (Biron effect)?

At least that's my opinion. I was never to high on Biron over the years watching him, but after seeing him play well and the Rangers play well in front of him, I'd like to see him again against a solid opponent (Boston is 4-1).

UPDATE: Lundqvist gets the start tonight. Can't go wrong with the king in net, but I was hoping to see Biron in another game. We will in time. Big game tonight, let's keep that winning streak rolling..
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Video: Hockey Commentator's Slip of The Tongue


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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sauer To Play Thursday

According to Andrew Gross Mike Sauer returns to the lineup tomorrow night after a two game absence.

@AGrossRecord: Mike Sauer in on defense tomorrow for #NYRangers. Either Matt Gilroy or Steve Eminger will be out.

The last time a change was made on defense, many thought Eminger would be benched for Gilroy. Instead, the Rangers opted to bench Sauer. Hopefully this time Tortorella decides to bench Eminger to make way for Sauer.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Video: Canucks' Rypien Attacks Wild fan


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Best Opening Night Ceremony Performance In NHL History


This was the performance prior to the New York Rangers home opener this past Friday night in case you missed it. Wouldn't want you to have missed that awesome performance :)

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Tonight's NYR Lines

The New York Rangers didn't make any call ups this weekend after the injuries to Chris Drury and Marian Gaborik this weekend.

Here are the lines that the Rangers practiced with on Sunday and are the lines likely to start the game on Monday night against the Avalanche.

Frolov - Stepan - Fedotenko
Dubinsky - Anisimov - Callahan
Avery - Boyle - Prust
Boogaard - Christensen - White

Staal - Rozsival
Del Zotto - Girardi
Gilroy - Eminger

Remember the game is on Versus. According to Puck The Media; Sam Rosen, Darren Eliot and Bob Harwood are the TV crew for the game.
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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Video: Great Hit, Horrible Call By Refs


These are the BS calls that many of us were afraid were going to creep into the game as a result of the new "no hits to the head" rule. Letang's hit was a solid, clean hockey hit. This is what physical hockey is all about. Letang never makes contact with Comeau's head, it was all shoulder. It was only a matter of time before we saw a ref make a ridiculous call after a huge hit that was actually within the rules.

Oh yeah...and want to know some more interesting information regarding that clip? You see that Islander (Josh Bailey) that jumps on Letang's back, he got a two minute penalty for that. Unbelievable. Listen, I'm all for being allowed to go after an  opponent after they hit a teammate but this just shows how inconsistent the referees in the NHL are. On any other night, Bailey likely gets at least four minutes. Most nights he's getting a misconduct and  possibly even enough penalty minutes to challenge Dave Schultz's record for most penalty minutes in one NHL season.

It's a sad day in hockey when hits like these are penalized!

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Injuries: Gaborik Out 2-3 Weeks, Drury Out 6 Weeks!

According to Andrew Gross:
Chris Drury out six weeks with broken left index finger. Same finger as before, new break. Marian Gaborik, left shoulder, out 2-3 weeks. Marian Gaborik's shoulder is separated.
Vinny Prospal will undergo surgery on his knee on Tuesday and is out indefinitely. 


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Friday, October 15, 2010

Is There A Solution To NYR Defense Problems on Waivers?

Today Larry Brooks analyzed the problems that the Rangers are currently facing on their blue line and why they are substituting Matt Gilroy into the lineup for Mike Sauer. Apparently, out of the seven defensemen that the Rangers have on their roster, only Marc Staal and Michael Del Zotto play the left defenseman role naturally.

The Rangers have tried playing Eminger there and Mike Sauer there and so far John Tortorella has not been satisfied with how either player has fared in that position. Tonight, Matt Gilroy is getting a chance to show what he can do, but unfortunately for him, he's being forced to play on the left side, even though his normal position is on the right.

Brooks suggested that Glen Sather might have to look outside the organization to resolve the problem unless they decide to recall Ryan McDonagh from Hartford. McDonagh who was in camp until the final cuts naturally plays the left defenseman role. But, it's possible that the Rangers want to give McDonagh more time in Hartford to develop.

Interestingly enough, one of the players placed on waivers today is Boris Valabik of the Atlanta Thrashers who is a defenseman with a left handed shot. Now, I don't know much about Valabik other than the fact that he's HUGE (6'7 -245lbs), I have no idea if he plays big (not sure how good he is at fighting, but he is willing, here's a clip of him fighting Chara). I also know that he's probably most famous for being punched in the balls by Sidney Crosby.

According to the beat writer for the Thrashers, Valabik is a "hard-working guy who does his best every night. Got caught in a numbers crunch."

At 24, Valabik is still young, he's an RFA this summer and his cap hit is less than $800K. 



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